GLOBAL WARMING FACTS AND COMMENTS 8-20-13
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST POLLUTERS
The 2011 figures for the biggest polluters:
1. China, up 10 percent to 10 billion tons.
2. United States, down 2 percent to 5.9 billion tons
3. India, up 7 percent to 2.5 billion tons.
4. Russia, up 3 percent to 1.8 billion tons.
5. Japan, up 0.4 percent to 1.3 billion tons.
6. Germany, down 4 percent to 0.8 billion tons.
7. Iran, up 2 percent to 0.7 billion tons.
8. South Korea, up 4 percent to 0.6 billion tons.
9. Canada, up 2 percent to 0.6 billion tons.
10. South Africa, up 2 percent to 0.6 billion tons.
3-31-16NYTimes Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly
1-31-15NYtimes "Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Change"
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WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental
3-25-14 Salon "10,853 out of 10,855 Scientific Papers Support Global Warming"
- 10,883 out of 10,885 scientific articles agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame
Virtually all of the scientific papers published in 2013 accept climate change As geochemist James Powell proves, the only people debating whether or not climate change is “real,” and caused by human activity, are the ones who aren't doing research.
1-19-14NYTimes OPINION: "If You See Something, Say Something" Michael E. Mann, Director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State University
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"THE overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority of our populace clings to an irrational rejection of well-established science."
11-21-13NYTimes OP-ED Global Warming Doesn't Cause Twisters
- The Truth About Tornadoes - NYTimes.com
Global warming is real. But it is not causing more twisters.
11-1-13NYTimes "Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supply"
- Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies - NYTimes.com
A leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that climate change could reduce output and send prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar.
9-10-13NYTimes--"By 2047, Coldest Years May be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say"
- By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say - NYTimes.com
A new paper based on top climate models says that by about 2047, average temperatures across the globe will be higher than any highs recorded previously, with tropics hit earlier.
8-20-13NYTimes 8-20-13 "Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Climate Change"
- Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming - NYTimes.com
The panel found that human activity is almost certainly behind most temperature increases in recent decades.
8-14-13ClimateProgress "How two reservoirs have become billboards for what climate change is doing to the Southwest"
- How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West | Th
Climate-fueled drought conditions in the Southwest are draining Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which supply water to 40 million people.
5-27-13NYTimes--"Geoengineering Our Last Hope or a False Promise?"
- Geoengineering - Our Last Hope, or a False Promise? - NYTimes.com
We should not try to play God with the planet.
5-18-13NYTimes EDITORIAL--Climate Warnings Growing Louder
- Climate Warnings, Growing Louder - NYTimes.com
Given new evidence on carbon pollution, President Obama should get moving on global warming.
5-15-13NYTimes Insurers Stray From Conservative Line on Climate Change
- Insurers Stray From the Conservative Line on Climate Change - NYTimes.com
A new institute, financed by the insurance industry, not only believes in global warming but also supports a carbon tax to combat it.
3-26-13WallStreetJournal "Common Ground on Energy and Climate"
- George Shultz, Tom Steyer Find Commoun Ground on Energy - WSJ.com
Former Secretary of State George Shultz and leading Democratic activist and fundraiser Tom Steyer found common ground in a discussion with Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Gerard Baker at the Journal's ECO:nomics conference.
3-8-13NYtimes--Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years
- Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years, Study Says - NYTimes.com
The modern warming period is unique over a longer period than previously thought, according to research to be published in the journal Science.
3-8-13NYTimes--"Scientists Find Abrupt Warm Jog After Very Long Cooling"
- Scientists Find an Abrupt Warm Jog After a Very Long Cooling - NYTimes.com
An exploration of new work putting abrupt recent warming in long-term context.
2-10-13NYTimes--"It's Not Easy Being Green" by David Leonhardt
- It’s Not Easy Being Green - NYTimes.com
The strongest argument for a major government response to climate change is the obvious argument: climate change.
1-8-13NYTimes "2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever"
- 2012 Was Hottest Year Ever in U.S. - NYTimes.com
Last year blew away the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.
12-9-12NYTimes--Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions
- Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions - NYTimes.com
Delegates agreed to extend the increasingly ineffective Kyoto Protocol and other unspecified actions to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases.
12-4-12NYTimes "A Climate Scientist Proposes a Fair Plan for Limiting Warming"
- A Climate Scientist Proposes a 'Fair Plan' for Limiting Warming - NYTimes.com
A climate scientist sees room for optimism on limiting warming.
12-1-12NYTimes--Global Warming--Doha 2012
- Global Warming & Climate Change (Doha Talks, 2012)
The average surface temperature of earth has increased more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900 and the rate of warming has been nearly three times the century-long average since 1970. Almost all experts studying the recent climate history of the ear
11-28-12CommonDreams "Climate Tipping Point Looms"
- 'Alarming' Year of Extremes as Climate 'Tipping Point' Looms | C
An "alarming" rate of Arctic Sea ice melt and "far-reaching changes" to the Earth from climate change follow a year of extremes, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday as the 3rd day of negotiations take place in Doha, Qatar.
11-25-12NYTimesOPINION "Is This the End?"
- Is This the End? - NYTimes.com
Whether in 50 or 100 or 200 years, there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea.
11-25-12NYTimes "Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines"
- Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines - NYTimes.com
Hurricane Sandy offered a preview of the dangers to come as the planet warms.
11-25-12NYTimes "Paying for Future Catastrophes"
- Paying for Future Catastrophes - NYTimes.com
Even with subsidized premiums, many homeowners drop their flood insurance, thinking it’s a bad investment.
The Nation "If We Ignore Climate Change We're All On a Sinking Ship"
- If We Ignore Climate Change, We're All on a Sinking Ship | The Nation
If there was ever a response to Mitt Romney’s smug RNC laugh line about climate change--or to Obama’s failure to address it--Hurricane Sandy delivered.
11-11-12NYTimes--"Climate Change Lessons from Ronald Reagan"
- Climate Change - Lessons From Ronald Reagan - NYTimes.com
The best weapon against climate change: cost-benefit analysis.
11-9-12NYTimes--Climate Change Report Outlines Perils for U.S. Military
- Climate Change Report Outlines Perils for U.S. Military - NYTimes.com
A study commissioned by the C.I.A. and other agencies says that the acceleration of climate change will place unparalleled strains on the American military and intelligence agencies in coming years.
9-19-12NYTimes--Arctic Sea Ice Sets a New Low That Leads to Warnings-Justin Gillis
- Arctic Sea Ice Melts More Rapidly than Forecast
The melting of Arctic sea ice has ended for the year, but not before demolishing the previous record — and setting off new warnings about the rapid pace of change in the region... ice covered 24% of the surface compared to about half in the 1970s.
8-7-12WallStreetJournal OPINION: "Fred Krupp: A New Climate Change Consensus"
- Fred Krupp: A New Climate-Change Consensus - WSJ.com
In The Wall Street Journal, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp writes that it's time for conservatives to compete with liberals to devise the best, most cost-effective climate solutions.
8-7-12NYTimes-Study Finds More of Earth is Hotter and Says Global Warming Is at Work
- Extreme Heat Is Covering More of the Earth, a Study Says - NYTimes.com
Led by NASA’s James E. Hansen, the study said it was nearly certain that events like the 2011 Texas heat wave were caused by the human release of greenhouse gases.
7-30-12NYTimes--"The Conversion of a Climate Change Skeptic" Richard A. Muller
- The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic - NYTimes.com
The average land temperature on earth has risen 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years — essentially all of it caused by human emission of greenhouses gases.
7-11-12NYTimes--Global Warming Makes Heat Waves More Likely, Study Finds
- Global Warming Makes Heat Waves More Likely, Study Finds - NYTimes.com
Researchers around the world studied six extreme weather events. Some of the weather extremes bedeviling people around the world have become far more likely because of human-induced global warming, researchers reported on Tuesday.
7-3-12NYTimes "A Climate Scientist Battles Time and Mortality"
- Lonnie Thompson, Climate Scientist, Battles Time and Mortality - NYTimes.com
Lonnie G. Thompson, one of the scientists who essentially discovered global warming, has for years climbed mountains to gather ice he examines for climatic changes.
5-9-12NYTimes OP-ED--"Game Over for the Climate" by James Hansen
- Game Over for the Climate--James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies
GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It's happening. That's why I was troubled to read a comment by Pres. Obama that Canada would exploit the oil in its tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do." If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, the game is
5-6-12NYTimes--Heartland Institute: "Not all global warming alarmists are murderers and tyrants."
- Heartland Institute Pulls Its Global Warming Ad - NYTimes.com
The Heartland Institute ended a billboard campaign that compared those who believe in climate science to what it called “the world’s most notorious killers.”
Heartland According to Wikipedia
- The Heartland Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Wikipedia, Heartland has been funded by Koch, Scaife, Exxon-Mobil, the tobacco industry and pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Eli Lily.
5-1-12NYTimes--Clouds, the Last Gasp of Climate Change Deniers
- Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissenters - NYTimes.com
In recent years, climate change skeptics have seized on one last argument that cannot be so readily dismissed. Their theory is that clouds will save us.
4-27-12NYTimes--Study Indicates Greater Threat of Extreme Weather
- Study Hints at Greater Threat of Extreme Weather - NYTimes.com
New research suggests a faster water cycle over the oceans than previously believed, raising the possibility of more droughts and floods.
3-24-12NYTimes--Both Coasts Watch as San Francisco's Ocean Beach Erodes
- San Francisco Fights Erosion as Coastal Cities Watch Closely - NYTimes.com
Every few years, stormy surf grinds away at Ocean Beach, a 3.5-mile stretch on the Pacific Ocean, pulling huge amounts of sand out to sea.
3-14-12NYTimes--Study Says U.S. Coastal States Threatened by Rising Sea Levels
- Rising Sea Levels a Growing Risk to Coastal U.S., Study Says - NYTimes.com
Flooding that was once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence, new research shows.
3-4-12NYTimes "An Economist Rebuts the Wall Street Journal on Climate Risk" Andrew Revkin
- An Economist Rebuts The Wall Street Journal "16" on Climate Risk - NYTimes.com
A Yale economist expands on his critique of climate skeptics writing in The Wall Street Journal.
2-15-12NYTimes--Leaked Heartland Institute's Plot to Discredit Global Warming
- In Heartland Institute Leak, a Plan to Discredit Climate Teaching - NYTimes.com
Files from Heartland Institute outline plans to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools.The National Center for Science Education recently added climate change to its agenda in response to pleas from teachers who are under pressure
2-4-12NYTimes Tea Party Conspiracy Loonies Fight Green Projects
- Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot - NYTimes.com
Suspicious of government initiatives, protesters linked to the Tea Party are denouncing all manner of measures they equate with a 1992 United Nations resolution, Agenda 21.
1-19-12NYTimes--Climate Proposal Puts Practicality Ahead of Sacrifice
- Countering Climate Change Without Waiting for a Payoff - NYTimes.com
A proposal to slow global warming would help people in poor countries now, instead of mainly benefiting their descendants.
- Climate 101 - Online and Free - NYTimes.com
A popular university climate course moves onto the Web.
1-17-12Common Dreams--CO2 a Threat to Sea Life
- Goodbye, Fish: Rising CO2 Direct Threat to Sea Life | Common Dreams
Research shows the disastrous consequences rising carbon dioxide levels are having on ocean life. Researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook U documented how CO2 "drives fish crazy."
1-2-12NYTimes--Police Investigating Leaks of Climate Data
- New Speculation on Who Leaked Climate-Change E-Mails - NYTimes.com
The original e-mails, released in 2009, sowed doubts about scientists’ research and integrity, and galvanized skeptics of global warming.
12-25-11NewYorkTimes--Politicians Fiddle While Rome Burns--Climate Science Languishes as Extreme Weather Events Increase
- Climate Scientists Hampered in Study of 2011 Extremes - NYTimes.com
Facing political hostility and lacking adequate financing, scientists are struggling to report on the causes of a concentrated span of extreme weather in the United States.
12-17-11NYTimes EDITORIAL "Beyond Durban"
- Beyond the Durban Climate Talks - NYTimes.com
Considering how far world leaders are from making hard decisions to lower greenhouse gas emissions, big nations will have to do so even without binding agreements.
12-17-11NYTimes--Thawing Permafrost Releases Methane Gas from Huge Carbon Deposits Trapped in the Ice
- Warming Arctic Permafrost Fuels Climate Change Worries - NYTimes.com
Experts worry that if the permafrost thaws in the Northern Hemisphere, huge amounts of carbon will be released into the air, greatly intensifying global warming.
- Frozen Carbon - Graphic - NYTimes.com
Permafrost underlies nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere and stores a huge amount of carbon.
12-17-11NYT Slide Show Hunting for Clues to Global Warming
- Hunting for Clues to Global Warming - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
Scientists in Alaska are trying to determine whether potential thawing of permafrost in the Northern Hemisphere will release huge amounts of carbon, intensifying global warming.
12-13-11TVNZ News--Canada Drops Out of Kyoto
- Blow for Kyoto protocol as Canada drops out | WORLD News
Canada has become the first country to announce it would withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, dealing a symbolic blow to the already
12-11-11NYTimes--"Climate Talks in Durban Yield Limited Agreement to Work Toward Replacing Kyoto Protocol"
- Climate Talks Bring Modest Agreement - NYTimes.com
A conference in South Africa ended with the promise to work toward a new global treaty in coming years and the establishment of a new climate fund.
12-5-11NYTimes--Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2010 Show the Biggest Jump Ever Recorded
- 2010 Carbon Dioxide Output Shows Biggest Jump Ever - NYTimes.com
Emissions of CO2 from fossil-fuel burning jumped by 5.9% in 2010, upending the hope that a brief decline during the recession might persist...This solidified a trend of rising emissions that will make it hard to forestall severe climate change.
11-23-11NYTimes--"New Trove of Stolen Emails from Climate Scientists Released"
- New Trove of Stolen Climate Emails Released
The hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations on greenhouse gases....
10-31-11HuffingtonPost--Skeptic Scientist Concedes on Global Warming
- Richard Muller, Global Warming Skeptic, Finds Climate Change Real In His Own Study
AP â WASHINGTON - A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
10-31-11FreePress--Global Warming Scientist Financed by Koch Concedes the Earth is Warming
- Global warming skeptic agrees Earth heating up | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out whether mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
8-29-11NYTimes--OP-ED "Republicans Atainst Science" Paul Krugman
- Republicans Against Science - NYTimes.com
To hear some of the G.O.P. presidential candidates talk, it would seem as if willful ignorance has become a litmus test.
7-20-11NYTimes Op-ed "The Sizzle Factor for a Restless Climate"
- The Sizzle Factor for a Restless Climate - NYTimes.com
Its time to face the fact that the weather isn't what it used to be.
4-19-11NYTimes ""What's Worse than an Oil Spill?"
- What's Worse Than an Oil Spill? - NYTimes.com
The so-called oceanic global warming that we contribute to with ignorance is a greater catastrophe than any spill to date.
4-19-11NYTimes--Editorial--"The Supreme Court and Global Warming"
- The Supreme Court and Global Warming - NYTimes.com
The justices must let a lawsuit do what the government hasn't done about carbon dioxide.
2-13-11NYTimes--Koch Industries Sues to Find Identities of Tricksters
- Koch Industries Quashes Global Warming Parody - NYTimes.com
Skirting the legal protections for satire, Koch Industries is suing to find out who created a fake news release purported to be from the company supporting climate change.
3-9NYTimes--Heat Damages Colombian Coffee
- Heat Hampers Colombian Coffee Crop, Jeopardizing Supply - NYTimes.com
Changes linked to global warming have contributed to a shortage of the beans used in specialty coffees.
1-13-11NYTimes--2010 Tied for Hottest Year
- 1010 Tied with 2005 for Hottest Year Since 1880
New government figures for the global climate show that 2010 was the wettest year in the historical record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880.
EPA Vetoes W. Virginia Mountain Top Removal Coal Mine
- EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields? | CommonDreams
Invoking the rule of law and science in the central Appalachian coalfields, the EPA just announced its long awaited and extensively researched decision today to veto the 2,300-acre mountaintop removal mining permit at the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Vi
12-31-10NYTimes Bundle Up It's Global Warming
- Bundle Up for Global Warming
All this cold was met with perfect comic timing by the release of a World Meteorological Organization report showing that 2010 will probably be among the three warmest years on record, and 2001 through 2010 the warmest decade on record.... How can w
12-22-10NYT A Scientist, His Work and a Climate Reckoning
12-16-10NYTimes--Editorial on Cancun Conference
- Small Steps on Global Warming
The principal players, now and in the future, will be the two biggest emitters, the Chinese and Americans. They have talked about joint investments in clean energy technologies, and they obviously must keep climate change on their bilateral agenda...
12-14-10Common Dreams--Ratcliffe Coal Trial Testimony by NASA Scientist
- Ratcliffe Coal Trial: James Hansen Gives Court a Crash Course in Climate Change | CommonDreams.org
Nasa's top climate scientist Jim Hansen told a jury at the trial of 20 environmental activists that he had begun speaking out about climate change again in the past five years because of his grandchildren.
12-12-10NYTimes--Climate Talks in Cancun End with Modest Deal on Emissions
- Cancun Climate Talks Reach Modest Deal on Emissions
The agreement fell well short of the broad changes scientists say are needed to avoid dangerous climate change in coming decades. But it lays the groundwork for stronger measures in the future, if nations are able to overcome the emotional arguments
- Will Year of Extremes End with a Whimper? | CommonDreams.org
Despite ever more compelling science regarding the urgency and risks of climate change and growing public support for action, reps from nearly 200 countries meeting here in Cancn for the next two weeks are unlikely to produce a new binding agreement
11-28-10NYTimes "To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air"
- To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air - NYTimes.com
To speed progress against global warming, diplomats at the climate conference should look beyond carbon dioxide and reduce emissions of soot, ozone, methane and HFCs.
11-26-10NYTimes--Norfolk, Virginia, Copes with Rise in the Sea
- Norfolk, Virginia Copes with Rise in the Sea
If the moon is full the night before Hazel Peck needs her car, she parks it on a parallel block, away from the river. The next morning, she walks through a neighbors backyard to avoid the two-to-three-foot-deep puddle on her street after high tides.
February 2010Scientific American--"Negating 'Climategate'"
- Negating "Climategate--Scientific American
The stolen e-mails may provide a sociological window into the climate science community. This is a record of how science is actually done, notes Goddards Gavin A. Schmidt. Historians will see that scientists are human and how science progresses..
11-14-10NYTimes--"As Glaciers Melt, Scientists Seek Data on Rising Seas"
- Glaciers Melting, Seas Rising
As a result of recent calculations that take the changes into account, many scientists now say that sea level is likely to rise perhaps three feet by 2100 an increase that would pose a threat to coastal regions the world over.
10-21-10NYTimes--Skepticism on Climate Change is Tea Party Article of Faith
- Tea Partiers Rely on Limbaugh and their Bibles
Its a flat-out lie, Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. I read my Bible, Mr. Dennison said. He made this earth for us to utilize.
The Vanishing Islands--NPR Website
The Vanishing Islands
Climate change is one of the major topics of discussion at the U.N. General Assembly this week. In a few small island countries, it's not some abstract, far-off concept: it's reality. The Seychelles Islands, for example, are sinking. The series of about 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, has been compared to the Garden of Eden. It's already seen the world's worst coral die-off and was mostly underwater after the 2004 tsunami. Some on the archipelago argue it will be completely submerged in 50 to 100 years. Seychelles' ambassador to the United Nations, Ronald Jumeau, talks about the immediate effects of climate change, and what his country is doing to prepare.
8-31-10NYTimes--Overhaul of UN Climate Panel Urged
The UN needs to revise the way it manages its assessments of climate change, with the scientists involved more open to alternative views, more transparent about possible conflicts of interest and more careful to avoid making policy prescriptions.
8-16-10NYTimes--Pakistan Drowning Today Parched Tomorrow
- Pakistan Drowning Today, Parched Tomorrow by Steven Solomon
Pakistan, the country is actually on the verge of a critical shortage of fresh water. And water scarcity is not only a worry for Pakistans population it is a threat to Americas national security as well.
8-12-10CommonDreams--Greenland Ice Sheet Faces Tipping Point
- Greenland Ice Sheet Faces 'Tipping Point in 10 Years' | CommonDreams.org
The entire ice mass of Greenland will disappear if temperatures rise by 2C, with severe consequences for the rest of the world, a panel of scientists told Congress Tuesday. [A chunk of ice, 97 sq. miles in size, has broken off the Peterman Pennins
7-11-10 NYTimes Editorial--"A Climate Change Corrective"
- NYTimes Editorial on "Climategate"
Now we can put the manufactured controversy "Climategate" behind us and turn to doing something about global warming. On Wed., a panel in Britain concluded that scientists whose e-mail had been hacked last year had not distorted scientific evidence.
7-8-10NYTimes--British Panel Clears Scientists
- British Panel Clears Scientists
A British panel on Wednesday exonerated the scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate of charges that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming.
5-19-10 NYTimes--National Academy of Sciences Urges Action on Climate
- National Council of Sciences Urges Climate Action
In its most comprehensive study so far, the nations leading scientific body declared on Wednesday that climate change is a reality and is driven mostly by human activity, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
4-11-10 The Economics of Dealing with Climate Change--a must read article by Paul Krugman
- Climate Change - Building a Green Economy - NYTimes.com by Paul Krugman
How we can afford to tackle climate change. Nobel prize economist Paul Krugman on the economics of dealing with climate change.
3-30-10 Oil Company Koch Industries Gave $73 Million to Spread Lies About Global Climate Change
- US Oil Company Donated Millions to Climate Sceptic Groups, Says Greenpeace | CommonDreams.org
The environmental campaign group accuses Kansas-based Koch Industries, which owns refineries and operates oil pipelines, of funding 35 conservative and libertarian groups, as well as more than 20 congressmen and senators.
3-30-10 NYTimes TV Weathercasters Doubt Warming
- Meteorlogists versus Climatologists
Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, almost universally endorse the view that the earth is warming and that humans have contributed to climate change. There is less of a consensus among meteorologists, who predict short-term weather.
2-27-10 NYTimes--We Can't Wish Away Global Climate Change
- Al Gore Op-ed on Climate Change
It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.
2-21 NY Times--A SMALL PRICE FOR A LARGE BENEFIT, ROBERT FRANK
- Cheap Catastophic Coverage
Most people would pay plenty much more than the modest cost of a carbon tax to avoid having someone pull the trigger on a gun pointed at their head with one bullet and nine empty chambers. Yet thats the kind of risk some say we should take.
2-17-10 NY TIMES EDITORIAL WEIGHS IN ON IPPC Emails
WITH STAKES THIS HIGH
Published: February 17, 2010
Disclosures of isolated errors and exaggerations in the 2007 report from the United Nations panel on climate change do not undermine its main finding: that the planet has been warming gradually for more than a century and that human activity is largely responsible. But the misstatements have handed climate skeptics a public relations boost.
BBC Q. & A. with Professor Jones 2-13-10
- BBC News - Q&A: Professor Phil Jones
The BBC questioned Phil Jones, the scientist at the centre of the Climategate e-mail affair.
IPCC Report--Errors, Facts and Spin
- RealClimate: IPCC errors: facts and spin
RealClimate: IPCC AR4 errors, glaciergate, amazongate
- Green Car of the Year at the Super Bowl 2010
The Super Bowl football was high scoring and plenty exciting with lots of passing and an exciting interception and 80 yard touchdown by Saints defender, Reggie Wayne. Sentimental favorites, the Saints came...
February 2010 Harper's Magazine--Cap and Trade Shell Game
A recent article in Harper's raised serious issues with the operation of Euorpean Union cap and trade program over the failure adequately to verify the legitimacy of many of the carbon offset projects financed by polluters to allow them to continue polluting. The organization chargec with verifying the implementation and actual effects of the carbon offset projects is under staffed and lacks technically competent staff. The Harper's February 2010 article by Mark Schapiro is titled Conning the Climate, Inside the Carbon Trading Shell Game.
1-31-10 NYTimes China Leads Clean Energy Race
- China Leads Clean Energy Race
China vaulted past Denmark, Germany, Spain and the U.S. last year to become the worlds largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand further this year. China has also leapfrogged the West to emerge as the number one in solar panels.
Conning the Climate: Inside the Carbon Trading Shell Game by Mark Schapiro, Harpers February 2010
- Conning the climate: Inside the carbon-trading shell gameBy Mark Schapiro (Harper\'s Magazine)
Major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and Citibank now host carbon-trading desks in London; traders who once speculated on oil and gas are betting on the most insidious side effects of our fossil fuelbased economy.
1-27-10 NYT Advocates Scaled Climate Bill Down
- Cap and Trade Dead?
As they watch Obamas ambitious health care plan crumble, the advocates of a comprehensive bill to combat global warming are turning their sights to a more modest package of climate and energy measures that they believe has a better chance.
1-27-10 NY Times-Court Battles Over Global Warming
- Kirvinalina Alaska Sues Polluters Over Ocean Threat
Kivalina, an Inupiat Eskimo village of 400 perched on a barrier island north of the Arctic Circle, is accusing two dozen fuel and utility companies of helping to cause the climate change that it says is accelerating the islands erosion.
1-26-10 Wind Power Up 69% Last Year
- Wind Power Up 69% but Percent of Total Only 2%
Despite a crippling recession and tight credit , the American wind power industry grew at a blistering pace in 2009, adding 39 percent more capacity. The country is close to the point where 2 percent of its electricity will come from wind turbines.
12-10-09 NYT Andrew Revkin Polar Bear Warns Obama on Climate Failure
- Polar Bear Warns Obama About Climate Failure - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com
A "polar bear" at the Copenhagen climate talks warns President Obama during his Nobel speech to push on climate.
12-10-09 NYT Skeptics Hold Fast in Copenhagen
- Skeptics Hold Fast in Copenhagen - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com
Climate skeptics use the occasion of United Nations negotiations to come together and vent in Copenhagen.
12-09-09 NYTimes Climate Agreement Likely to Have a Big Pricetag
- Big Climate Change Price Tag?
An accord at the talks in Copenhagen will entail big shifts in energy production, dislocations in how and where people live, sweeping changes in agriculture and forestry and the creation of complex new markets in global warming pollution credits.
12-9-09 NY Times-Pressure for Climate Accord Grows
- Pressure for Climate Accord Grows--Andrew Revkin
Delegates to the climate talks accelerated their talks on Wed., comparing competing nonpapers sections of the proposed text with no official existence in a quest for a realistic draft treaty by the weekend.
12-5-09 NYTimes Climate Change Conversations
- Climate Change Conversations
Share your thoughts and reply to others' on climate change and the international conference on global warming Dec. 7-18 in Copenhagen. Click on one of the boxes below to participate in a conversation about that topic. The boxes below to participate.
12-3-09 NYTimes--India Announces Plan to Slow Emissions
- India Announces Emissions Plan
India staked out its position on Thurs. announcing it would slow the growth of the nations greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, also leaving open the possibility of taking bolder steps if an equitable deal can be reached during the Copenhagen talks.
12-1-09 James Kanter in the NYTimes Europe Bypassed on Climate Summit
- Europe Bypassed on Copenhagen Summit
Just days before the opening of the United Nations-sponsored meeting, the Europeans have been largely pushed to the sidelines, watching as the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the U.S. seek to set the rules of the game.
12-01-09 John Tierney NYTimes E-mail Fracas Shows Peril of Trying to Spin Science
- Spinning Science is Counterproductive
As the scientists denigrate critics in the e-mails, they seem oblivious to one of the greatest dangers in the climate-change debate: smug groupthink. These researchers, some of the most prominent climate experts in UK & U.S.undermine their own ca
11-28-09 NYTimes Russell Harding--The Growing Ethanol Disaster
- The Great Ethanol Scam
Corn is a water-and fertilizer-intensive crop requiring high investment. Since fertilizer is often an oil-based product, the cost of growing corn tends to rise at the moment ethanol prices, which rise with oil prices, might bring a good return.
11-28-09 NYTimes Andrew Revkin--Hacked E-Mail Data Prompts Call for Changes In Climate Research
- Hacked E-Mail Data
Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence.
11-23-09 Obama to Announce Emissions Target Before Copenhagan Meeting
- U.S. to Announce Emissions Cut Target Before Copenhagen
U.S. to propose a near-term target for reducing greenhouse emissions before the U.N. meeting in Copenhagen next month, a senior administration official said. President Obama, the official said, will announce the specific target in coming days."
11-22-09 NYTimes--The Senate's Duty on Climate Change
- Senate Duty on Climate Change NYT Editorial
Our candidate for criticism is the U.S.Senate. We can't rewrite the Bush years or persuade the Chinese of the merits of a binding treaty. What the U.S. can do is assume responsibility for its own emissions, and this the Senate has failed to do.
11-20-09 Andrew Revkin in the NYTimes--Hacked Emails add Fuel to Warming Debate
- Hacked Emails Add Fuel to Warming Controversy
Hundreds of private e-mail messages hacked from a server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.
11-17-09 Environmental Abuse--biting the hand that feeds us--Laura du Toit on Hubpages.com
- Environmental Abuse - Biting The Hand That Feeds Us
Environmental abuse is inexcusable - it is the proverbial biting the hand that feeds us. Abuse occurs when the abuser violates the personal boundaries of their victims. The motivation for doing so is to...
11-14-09 NY Times World leaders Agree to Kick the Can Down the Road
- World Leaders Punt on Climate Change
President Obama and other world leaders put off reaching a climate change agreement next month in Copenhagen, agreeing instead to make it the mission of the conference to reach a politically binding" agreement to defer key issues into the future.
11-9-09 NYTIMES No clear Democrat map for energy plan
- No Clear Democrat Energy Plan
Congress is unlikely to soon establish the cap and trade system for curbing carbon emissions that Mr. Obama and party leaders seek. Nor are world leaders at a climate conference in Copenhagen likely to strike a concrete deal to limit emissions.
Lord Monckton British Right-wing Bloviator
Monckton, Wiki entry
- Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The British writer and environmentalist George Monbiot has criticized Monckton's arguments, labelling them "cherry-picking, downright misrepresentation and pseudo-scientific gibberish." In response, Monckton argued that he "got the science right"
11-2-09 NY Times Gore Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is
- Blood and Gore in London
Critics, mostly on the political right and global warming skeptics, say Gore is poised to become the worlds first carbon billionaire, profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to his business ventures.
11-1-09 A Conservative's Perspective on Climate Change
- Climate Change Treaty a Precursor to Global Government? by Chuck Baldwin
If the elected magistrates in Washington don't grow some backbone resistance will be forced on the U.S. because it's not possible for the burden on the backs of American people to be sustained without the surrender of independence and loss of liberty
The Conservatives Weigh in on Climate Change, Health Care, Autism,etc.
10-19-09 NYTimes Fossil Fuels' Hidden Cost in Billions
- Burning Coal and Oil Brings Billions in Health Costs
WASHINGTON Burning fossil fuels costs the United States about $120 billion a year in health costs, mostly because of thousands of premature deaths from air pollution, the National Academy of Sciences reported in a study issued Monday.
10-17-09 NY Times Dissention in the Ranks of Energy Producers on Climate Bill
- Energy Industry Splits on Climate Proposal
WASHINGTON As the Senate prepares to tackle global warming, the nations energy producers, once united, are battling one another over policy decisions worth hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades.
10-15-09 NYTimes Curbing Climate Change by Sealing Natural Gas Leaks
- Sealing Natural Gas Leaks to Curb Global Warming
Three trillion cubic ft of methane leak into the air every year, with Russia and the U. S. the leading sources, according to the Environmental Protection Agencys official estimate. (This amount has the warming power from half the U.S. coal plants.
10-14 NYTimes Biggest Obstacle to Climate Deal is How to Pay for It.
- Biggest Obstacle to Copenhagen Climate Deal--How to Pay for It?
As world leaders struggle to hash out a new global climate deal by December, they face a hurdle perhaps more formidable than getting big polluters like the United States and China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: how to pay for the new accord.
10-13-09 NYTimes--A More Immediate Downside to Coal Fired Electric Power
- Another reason to stop building coal fired electric power plants
Cleaner air came at a cost. Each day since the equipment was switched on, the company has dumped thousands of gallons of wastewater containing chemicals from the scrubbing process into the Monongahela R., which provides drinking water for Pittsburgh.
10-11-09 Bipartisan Support for Dealing with Climate Change
- John Kerry and Lindsay Graham Support Climate Change Measures
The U.S. can lead the world in addressing climate change. We've found a framework for legislation for a clean-energy future that will revitalize the economy,protect jobs and create new ones, safeguard national security and reduce pollution.
10-2-09 NYT Editorial On Obama Climate Change Goals
- Obama and U.S. Congress on Climate Change
But by endorsing regulation, Mr. Obama is leaving no doubt that he will do what it takes to protect the environment. It also means that if Congress fails, his negotiators wont go to Copenhagen with an empty suitcase.
9-27-09 Cassandras of Climate Paul Krugman in the NYT
- Cassandras of Climate--It's Later Than You Think! Krugman
Some changes, like a decline in Arctic Sea ice, are happening much faster than expected. Partly its growing evidence that feedback loops amplifying the effects of man-made greenhouse gas emissions are stronger than previously realized.
9-25-09 Joe Conason in Salon--Conservatives Believe in Global Warming
- Look -- conservatives who believe in global warming! | Salon
And they're doing something about it. Too bad they live in Europe. Why can't we have smarter right-wingers?
9-7-09 NY Times Natural Gas Hits a Roadblock in Congress
- Natural Gas versus Coal and Global Warming
The natural gas industry had a winning streak recently with huge new reserves, low prices encouraging utilities to substitute gas for coal, and cities are buying buses fueled by natural gas. But its luck has run out in Congress over global warming.
7-30-09 Links to Recent Articles on Climate by NYT Reporter Kate Galbraith
- Link to Recent NYT Articles on Climate
Here are links to several recent NYT articles by Kate Galbraith. The most recent one says a 23% energy savings can be achieved by 2020 through application of energy saving technology to homes and commercial buildings.
7-1-09 Ten Outrageous Climate Change Claims
10 Outrageous Claims
As the House debate heated up, so did the hyperbole.
We already knew that climate action opponents were, shall we say, special.
They've spent years denying the reality of global warming and doing everything possible to delay action. But, last week's floor debate put their tortured reasoning in the Congressional Record.
We've compiled 10 of the most outrageous comments from the floor last week.
Yes, they're bizarre. But, it's important to keep in mind that we are very likely to see much more of this as the bill moves to the Senate.
10 Outrageous Claims
10) "Wake up, America. There hasn't been any global warming, which is what we heard over and over and over again – there hasn't been any global warming for 10 years." – Rep. Dana Rohrabacker (R-CA)
No warming for 10 years? Well, not exactly true. 1998 was the 2nd hottest year on record while 2008 was only the 8th hottest. So, if you only look at those two years, you might assume there hasn't been any warming. But, 2005 was the hottest year on record and the warmest decade on record is 1998 through 2008. The trends are clear. The planet is warming. Period.
9) "You want to talk about a massive new welfare program for energy? It's in here too… It's a whole new welfare program for energy." – Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
If you want to talk welfare, what about the hundreds of billions the oil, gas and coal industries have received in subsidies and tax breaks over the years?
8) "God has put us on this Earth as responsible stewards of these resources, and we ought to use them responsibly. This bill does not do it. In fact, it does nothing good. The only meaningful thing that it might do is provide a relatively meaningless photo op for our President in December in Copenhagen as he stands to brag about what America has done while the leaders of India and China laugh at us behind his back." – Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
We look forward to working with Rep. Conaway to strengthen this bill and to fight for the strongest possible international global warming treaty later this year.
7) "Energy producing states like Oklahoma will be economically punished and devastated." – Rep Tom Cole (R-OK)
Rep. Cole should have a look at climate models showing that Oklahoma could spend nearly the entire summer with 100+ temperatures by the end of the century. Talk about devastating.
6) "We should not be the first lemming to jump off the cliff." – Rep. Doc Hasting (R-WA)
That's an interesting point given that the U.S. is the only industrial country in the world that never ratified the Kyoto global warming treaty and that much of Europe is operating under a carbon cap right now.
5) "[For some, this bill is an] economic death sentence." – Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
As opposed to the current economy in which we are held hostage by our reliance on foreign oil and in which only last summer we saw gas prices exceed $4/gallon.
4) "The whole point of cap-and-trade is to make fossil fuels, or 85 percent of the energy we consume, more expensive." – Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
No, the point of this bill is to cap global warming pollution, put Americans back to work building out our clean energy future, and free us from our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
3) "Do you want to throw away the economic prosperity for nothing, because that's what this bill does. And for what, to satisfy the twisted desires of radical environmentalists." – Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
With millions of Americans out of work and the economy in recession, it might not be the best time to talk about "throwing away our economic prosperity" or to support the status quo.
2) "[This will bring us back to] hunting and gathering." – Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
Yeah, when we look at solar panels, hybrids and windmills, that's exactly what comes to mind – hunting and gathering societies.
1) "The idea of human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax… We need to be good stewards of our environment, but this is not it, it’s a hoax!" – Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
A global conspiracy involving thousands of scientists taking tens of thousands of measurements on everything ranging from ice core samples to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere to sea level rise, hundreds of governments around the world working to address global warming pollution, dozens of science academies that have endorsed the reality of global warming and urged action, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world who have joined the movement to promote global warming action.
And, we're all coordinating our activities to push this hoax because…?
Posted: 30-Jun-2009; Updated: 01-Jul-2009
Sea Level Rise Likely to Be Greatest in Northeast--NY. Times 5-28-09
- Sea Level Rise Likely Greatest in Northeast U.S. and Canada Maritimes
Scientists are predicting that if the melting of Greenland’s ice sheets continues to accelerate, they say, sea levels will rise even more in the northeastern U.S. and the Canada Maritimes than in other parts of the world.
3-29-09 M.I.T. Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Updated Integrated Global System Model
The M.I.T. global climate model tracks and predicts climate change from 1861-2100. Its revised projection indicates that if we stick with business as usual, in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, average surface temperatures on 'Earth by 2100 will hit levels far beyond anything humans have ever experienced.
"In our mor recent global model simulations the ocean heat-uptake is slower than previously estimated, the ocean uptake of carbon is weaker, feedbacks from the land system as temperature rises are stronger, cumulative emissions of greenhouse gases over the century are higher, and offsetting cooling from aerosol emissions is lower. Not one of these effects is very strong on its own, and even adding each separately together would not fully explain the higher temperatures but rather than interacting additively, these different effects appear to interact multiplicatively, with feedbacks among the contributing factors leading to the surprisingly large increase in the chance of much higher temperatures."
Quoted from Thomas L. Friedman's op-ed in the NYTimes 3-29-09.
ClimateWorks CEO Hal Harvey's Five Global Warming Policies
There are five policies that can help us win the energy-climate battle and each has been proven somewhere.
1. Building codes: California's energy-efficient building and appliance codes now save Californians $6 billion per year.
2. Better vehicle fuel efficiency standards: The European Union's fuel efficiency fleet average for new cars now stands at 41 MPG, and is rising steadily.
3. National renewable portfolio standard mandating that power utilities produce 15 or 20 percent of their energy from renewables by 2020.
4. Decoupling--the program begun in California that turns the utility business on its head. Under decoupling, power utilities make money by helping homeowners save energy rather than by encouraging them to comsume it.
5. Put a price on carbon. Polluting the atmosphere can't be free.
From an Op-ed by Thomas L. Friedman in the NYTimes 3-29-09.
Climatologist Calls for Action NYT article by Andrew Revkin 7-23-08
- Climatologist James Hansen Calls for Action
Twenty years ago James Hansen, a climate scientist at NASA shook Washington and the world by telling a Senate hearing that he was 99% sure that humans were already warming the climate.
5-20-08 New Government Report Warns of Warming Effects
A Shift in the Debate Over Global Warming, Andrew Revkin in the NYTimes 4-6-08
A Shift in the Debate Over Global Warming
With recent data showing an unexpected rise in global emissions and a decline in energy efficiency, a growing chorus of economists, scientists and students of energy policy are saying that whatever benefits the cap approach yields, it will be too little and come too late...
"If we try to restrain emissions without a fundamentally new set of technologies, we will end up stifling economic growth, including the development prospects for billions of people." Jeffrey Sachs.
What is needed,Mr. Sachs and others say is the development of radically advanced low-carbon technologies, which they say will only come about with greatly increased spending by determined governments on what has so far been an anemic commitment to research and development. A Manhattan-like project, so to speak.
Here's a link to Andrew Revkin's article which will bring you up to date on the latest thinking on global warming.
NEW YORK TIMES FORUM ON GLOBAL WARMING
Here are a couple of good links on global warming--a NYTimes discussion forum which and a link to previous NYT articles on climate change.
11-29 U.S. SUPREME COURT TAKES UP GLOBAL WARMING CASE
Supreme Court Meltdown Over Global Warming
11-27 WHAT YOU CAN EASILY DO ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING--UNPLUG YOUR CELL PHONE CHARGER AND OTHER SIMPLE ACTIONS. HERE: http://www.slate.com/id/2151798
11-25 TAMING KING COAL nytimes lead editorial
The fron page of this newspaper's business section recently featured two articles about the world's most plentiful fuel, coal. Written from different parts of the globe, they framed the magnitude of the task confronting international negotiators and the newly empowered Democrats in Congress who want to put the brakes on emissions of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas.
One article pointed out that China will surpass the U.S. as the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide by 2000, a decade ahead of previous predictions. A big reason is the explosion in the number of automobiles, but the main reason is China's ravenous appetite for coal, the dirtiest of all fuels, to produce electricity. Already, China uses more coal than the United States, the European Union and Japan combined. Every week to 10 days, another coal-fired power plant opens somewhere in China, with enough capacity to serve all the households in Dallas or San Diego. What's frightening about this for those worried about the long-term consequences of warming is that nearly all of these plants are being built along traditional lines, burning pulverized coal to make electricity. And what's sad about it is that there's a much cleaner coal-burning technology available. Known as IGCC--for integrated gasification combined cycle--this cleaner technology converts coal into a gas before it is burned.
These plants produce fewer of the pollutants that cause smog and acid rain than conventional power plants do. More important, from a global warming perspective, they also have the potential to capture and sequester greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide before they enter the atmosphere.
This new technology is not readily available in China, but it is available to utilities in the U.S. Which brings us to the second article--an announcement by TXU, a giant Texas energy company, that it intends to build 11 new coal-fired power plants in Texas, plus another dozen or so elsewhere in the country. All told, this would be the nation's largest single coal-oriented construction campaign in years.
Is TXU availing itself of the cleaner technology? No. TXU will use the old pulverized coal model. The company says the older models are more reliable. But the real reason it likes the older models is that they are easier to build, cheaper to run and, ultimately, much more profitable. So, like the Chinese, TXU is locking itself (and the country) into at least 50 more years of the most carbon-intensive technology around.
BArbara Boxer, the California Democrat who will shortly assume command of the Senate environment committee, believes tht we should impose a price on carbon emissions (as Europe has done) so that companies like TXU will begin to think about investing in cleaner technologies--technologies that China could lthen use in its power plants. The message from both Texas and China is that Ms. Boxer should get cracking.
Comment: Global warming is not a scientific problem. The science is pretty well settled, both the causes and remedies for for warming. The real problem is a political problem--informing public opinion and mobilizing the support and cooperation necessary to do what is needed here and around the world. The United States should be leading this effort, not dragging its feet. Write your Congressman!
11-20 United Nations conference on global warming ends with modest accomplishments. The conference was attended by 6,000 representatives from around the world. A letter signed by Barbara Boxer, Jeff Bingaman and Joseph Lieberman stating that Democrats in January would begin a push for strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions. However, Paula Dobrianski, top U.S. delegate to the conference stood firm on the Bush position that the best approach was for voluntary partnerships between developing and wealthy countries that promote economic growth while limiting pollution. The Kyoto protocol, which the U.S. has not signed expires in 2012.
11-19 Harnessing the the wind to power ski resorts is a new trend.
My intention for this hub is to provide links to articles on global warming and, if anyone's interested, to get a discussion going among believers and skeptics. The first article linked below reports on a recent study that says that "Global warming gases traped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thourght and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb
"Methane--a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide--is being released from Arctic permafrost at a rate five times faster than thought, according to a study published today in the journal 'Nature'..."
My own belief is that mounting evidence of global warming is sufficient to justify using a significant amount of resources in an effort to reduce the rate of warming. However, I'll try to include credible evidence and opinions to the contrary along with studies supporting the conclusion that we should be worrying more than we are about the future of our planet.
11-7 A review of five new books on global warming one of which scare your pants off! http://hubpages.com/hub/How_Close_to_Catastrophe_Five_Books_on_Global_Warming
11-7 TEXAS UTILITY PLANS 11 DIRTY COAL-FIRED PLANTS, IGNORING GLOBAL WARMING CONCERNS
Ignoring global warming issues, TXU Corp, open-pit coal mine and electric utility company, is embarking on the nation's single largest coal-oriented electric power plant construction campaign. TXU plans to add more than 9,000 megawatts fo new capacity, an increase of 3.5% in coal-fired electric power capacity. Even as some utility executives are joining environmentalists in supporting controls on carbon emissions, TXU is betting $10 billion on 11 new coal power plants that will produce huge amounts of global warming gases for decades to come. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/07/business/07coal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
11-2 HARVARD SCIENTISTS WEIGH IN ON ETHANOL IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "THE ETHANOL ILLUSION" BY MICHAEL B. MCELROY. http://harvardmagazine.com/on-line/110634.html
SOLAR POWER--AN INNOVATIVE AND PRACTICAL INNOVATION ADOPTED BY GENERAL MOTORS AND OTHERS
General Motors liked the idea of using the sun to power its buildings. But until recently, one immutable economic fact held GM back. the upfront costs were simply too high to justify the ultimate payoff.
GM is not alone. Even solar energy's biggest fans concede that the high investment costs have kept companies from pursuing what is arguably the cleanest, most renewable and least politically sensitive energy source around.
But now, GM and a small but growing number of other companies and municpalities are getting solar energy from systems installed by others. Even though the installations are righty on their own roofs, they buy the electricity much as they would from a utilitiy's grid. And because the companies that paid for the systems will get a steady income, the can provide power from the sun at competitive electricity rates.
The complete NY Times article by Claudia Deutsch is linked here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/21/business/21solar.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin
"Clearly there is an emerging consensus among economists--left and right--that the nation would be better off, geopolitically and economically if Americans used less gasoline. The most economically sound, if not the most politically popular, way to accomplish this would be to increase gasoline taxes.
Average gasoline taxes per Gallon
[A 10-8-06 "Economic View" by Daniel Gross in the NYT is linked below.]
9-15 CALIFORNIA STIFFS POLLUTING ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS
California has just delivered a new message to electric energy suppliers: If you cannot produce power with the lowest possible emissions of these greenhouse gases, we are not interested. [For more, see link below.]
9-15 Oslo, Polar Bears Drown, Islands Appear Due to Arctic Thaw [Link below.]
9-18 You heard it here first. Republicans get ready for a Bush U-turn on global warming. A policy change is rumored to be in the works. See link below.
9-21. BRITISH SCIENCE GROUP SAYS EXXON MISREPRESENTS CLIMATE ISSUES
"A British scientific group, the Royal Society, contends that Exxon Mobil is spreading 'innacurate and misleading' information about climate change and is financing groups that misinform the public on the issue.
"The Royal Society, a 1400-member organization that dates back to the 1600s and has counted Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein as members, asked Exxon Mobil in a letter this month to stop financing these groups and to change its public reports to reflect more accurately the opinions fo scientists on the issue.
"There is a 'false sense somehow that there is a two-sided debate going on in the scientific community' about the origins of climate change, said Bob Ward, the senior manager for policy communication at the Royal Society.
"The reality is that 'thousands and thousands' of scientists around the world agree that climate change is linked to greenhouse gases, he said, with 'one or two professional contrarians' who disagree."
[NYTimes article by Heather Timmons linked below.]
9-21--GLOBAL WARMING A SUBJECT FOR DIRECTORS AT BIG COMPANIES
"If corporate directors really understood the implications of global warming, would they steer their companies toward preventing it?...
"'Climate change is no longer the purview of scientists only,' said Jmes James Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School of lForestry and Environm ental Studies. 'The widespread ramifications of unchecked climate change require that more leaders in our society understand its implications.'
"Actually, many corporate executives appear to be well aware of the link between greenhouse gases and climate change.
"More than 80 percent of the companies that provided data for the Carbon Disclosure Project, a report detailing corporate response to global warming issues, acknowledged the potential risks and benefits of climate change. But fewer than half said they were working to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming."
[NYTimes article by Claudia Deutsch linked below.]
9-22 Robert Branson promises $3 billion to fight global warming. [NY Times article linked below.}
Earth Speaks Out
The Ethanol Illusion by Michael McElroy, Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 06
- The Ethanol Illusion | Harvard Magazine
Americans annual consumption of gasoline (for both private and commercial transportation) amounts to more than 140 billion gallonsclose to 500
Global Warming--How to Survive
RICHARD LINDZEN, M.I.T.'S INCONVENIENT SCIENTIST
- M.I.T.'s Inconvenient Scientist
Boston Globe article on Richard Lindzen, global warming skeptic at M.I.T.
Sea Level Rise Due to Global Warming
GOD IS GREEN--REVIEW OF E.O. WILSON'S "THE CREATION"
- Matthew Scully's Review of Edward Wilson's "The Creation"
Harvard environmentalist Wilson addresses his 175 page enviornmental/global warming plea to an imaginary Baptist minister.
NASA SCIENTISTS FIND NEW SIGNS OF GLOBAL WARMING
CALIFORNIA SENDS A MESSAGE ON GLOBAL WARMING TO POWER PLANTS
- California Tries to Curb Greenhouse Gases
California tells power companies who propose to build low tech-high polluting power plants they won't be able to send the electricity to California. This is one of many pioneering steps anti-pollution steps taken by California. Bravo!
Earth’s Climate Needs the Help of Incentives David Leonhardt in the NYTimes 3-28-07
- Earths Climate Needs the Help of Incentives - New York Times
Congress seems poised to pass a bill to deal with climate change, but some ideas would do very little to change the situation.
BUSH RUMORED TO BE ABOUT TO BECOME A BELIEVER IN GLOBAL WARMING
- Bush Prepares "Emissions U-Turn"
They know how to read polls in the White House. Politics trumps all.
ROYAL SOCIETY ASKS EXXON TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING PROPAGANDA
RAISE THE GASOLINE TAX? FUNNY, IT DOESN'T SOUND REPUBLICAN
How to reduce CO2 emissions from non-commercial motor vehicles
- How to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Motor Vehicles
Economists say taxing gasoline is the most effective way to reduce fuel consumption by non-commercial motor vehicles which are the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S....But raising gas taxes is a non-starter politically.
Gletsch--Then and Now
Gletsch Glacier, Melting Before Their Eyes
Niagara Falls 1911
A Message from the President On Global Warming
3-29-09 Climate Tipping Points by Andrew Revkin in the NYTimes
- Climate Tipping Points in Dispute
A growing effort to clarify such risks has yielded the same message climate experts have been conveying for more than two decades: More emissions of greenhouse gases raise the odds of trouble.
Scientists Debate Climate Tipping Points
“The climate is nearing tipping points,” the NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen wrote in The Observer newspaper of London. “If we do not change course, we’ll hand our children a situation that is out of their control.” ...
But the idea that the planet is nearing tipping points — thresholds at which change suddenly becomes unstoppable — has driven a wedge between scientists who otherwise share deep concerns about the implications of a human-warmed climate....
But other scientists say there is little hard evidence to back up specific predictions of catastrophe. They worry that the use of the term “tipping point” can be misleading and could backfire, fueling criticism of alarmism and threatening public support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions....
“I think a lot of this threshold and tipping point talk is dangerous,” said Kenneth Caldeira, an earth scientist at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution and an advocate of swift action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “If we say we passed thresholds and tipping points today, this will be an excuse for inaction tomorrow,” he said.
3-29-09 Among Climate Scientists a Dispute Over Tipping Points Andrew Revkin in the NYTimes
- Scientific Dispute Over Tipping Points
“The climate is nearing tipping points,” NASA scientist James Hansen wrote: “If we do not change course, we’ll hand our children a situation out of their control.” Other scientists say there's little hard evidence for predictions of catastrophe.
As the Climate Changes, Bits of England's Coast Crumble
- GLOBAL WARMING--As the Climate Changes, Bits of England's Coast Crumble
Beccles, England--Coastal erosion has been a fact of life here for a century, because the land under East Anglia is slowly sinking. But the erosion has never been as quick and cataclysmic as it has been in...
1-1-07 New Middle Stance on Global Warming Emerges
Middle Stance Emerges In Debate on Climate--THERE IS STILL A CHANCE OF AVOIDING CATASTROPHE
According to a NY Times article dated Jan. 1, 2007, some scientists are adopting a middle ground in the debate over global warming. They agree that accumulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping tailpipe and smokestack gases probably pose a momentous environmental challenge, but they say the appropriate response is more akin to buying fire insurance and installing sprinklers and new wiring in an old, irreplaceable house than to fighting a fire already raging. Others remain much more pessimistic. ALL AGREE WE FACE A SERIOUS PROBLEM.
"Climate change presents a very real risk," said Carl Wunsch, a climate and oceans expert at MIT. "It seems worth a very large premium to insure ourselves against the most catastrophic scenarios. Denying the risk seems utterly stupid. Claiming we can calculate the probabilities with any degree of skill seems equally stupid."
Roger Pielke: "We do have a problem, we do need to act, but what actions are practical and pragmatic?...But the discourse is in danger of tipping society onto a negative, depressive and reactionary trajectory."
Other experts say there is no time for nuance, given the general lack of public response to the threat posed particularly by carbon dioxide, a by-product of fossil fuels and forests that persists for a century or more in the air and is accumulating rapidly in the atmosphere and changing the pH of the oceans.
James E. Hansen, the veteran climate scientist with NASA:
"If we want to avoid producing a different planet, we need to start acting now," and not with paltry steps, he said in a recent e-mail exchange with a reporter and other scientists. "It seems almost to be a secret that we cannot put all o f the fossil fuel CO2 into the air without producing a different planet, and, yes, dangerous change. There are people who don't know that!"
21st CENTURY WARMING LIKELY TO BE SEVERAL TIMES GREATER THAN 20th.
Studies used to generate the next UN report have shown a likely warming in the 21st century--undless emissions of greenhouse gases abate--at least several times that of the last century's one-degree rise.
Dr. Mike Hulme, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in Britain, says it's best not to gloss over uncertainties. In fact, he and others say that uncertainty is one reason to act--as a hedge against the prospect that PROBLEMS COULD BE MUCH WORSE THAN PROJECTED.
Dr. Hulme and others avoid sounding alarmist, but offer scant comfort to anyone who doubts that humans are contributing to warming or believes the matter can be deferred.
These experts see a clear need for the public to engage now, but not to panic...many in this group see a need to portray clearly that the RESPONSE WOULD REQUIRE FAR MORE THAN SWITCHING TO FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS AND HYBRID CARS.
Dr. Jerry D. Mahlman, climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado: "This is a mega-ethical challenge . The buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases cannot be quickly reversed with existing technologies. And even if every engine on earth were shut down today, there would be no measurable impact on the warming rate for many years, given the buildup of heat already banked in the seas."
Because of the scale and time lag, a better strategy, Dr. Mahlman and others say, is to treat human-caused warming more as a risk to be reduced rather than a problem to be solved.
John M. Wallace, climatologist at University of Washington: "Global warming is real, it's serious, but it's just one of many global challenges we're facing...I portray it as part of a broader problem of environmental stewardship--preserving a livable planet with abundant resources for future generations."
Some experts, though, argue that moderation in a message is likely to be misread as satisfaction with the pace of change.
John P. Holdren, an energy and environment expert at Harvard and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science defended the more strident calls for limits on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.
"I am one of those who believes that ANY REASONABLY COMPREHENSIVE AND UP-TO-DATE LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE MAKES CLEAR THAT CIVILIZATION HAS ALREADY GENERATED DANGEROUS ANTHROPOGENIC INTERFERENCE IN THE CLIMATE SYSTEM. wHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS MY BELIEF THAT THERE IS STILL A CHANCE OF AVOIDING CATASTROPHE."
Andrew C. Revkin's article is linked below. READ IT!
1-1-07NYTimes--New Middle Stance on Global Warming
- A New Middle Stance Emerges in Debate over Climate - New York Times
Scientists are starting to describe global warming more as a risk to be managed than a problem to be fixed.
10-24-06NYTimes "Frozen in Memories but Melting Before Their Eyes"
- Frozen in Memories, but Melting Before Their Eyes - New York Times
The vast Rhone glacier in Gletsch, Switzerland, the source of the Rhone River, is rapidly shrinking by 12 to 15 feet a day.
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